Forced Migration

Human rights activists in refugees' 'March for Protection', urging reform

Human rights advocates will march this week to highlight the plight of the city's refugees and challenge the government over what they call a zero per cent recognition rate for these people.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 4:59am

Environmental refugees on the rise

Environmental refugees on the rise

The modern world has long thought of refugees in strictly political terms, victims in a world riven by competing ideologies. But as climate change continues unabated, there is a growing population of displaced men, women and children whose homes have been rendered unliveable thanks to a wide spectrum of environmental disasters.

17 Aug 2012 - 3:35pm

Risks of Muslim pressure over Rohingya

Leaders of the Muslim world are putting pressure on Myanmar over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the country and calling for urgent action by the government.

A UN special human rights rapporteur had earlier raised concerns about reports of extrajudicial killings and torture after clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:18pm

HK a 'hard place' for asylum seekers

The recognition rate of asylum seekers in Hong Kong is unacceptably low compared to Western countries, a local aid group said ahead of World Refugee Day today.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Asylum seeker beats odds for college

An African student who arrived in Hong Kong as a penniless 15-year-old unable to speak a word of English has taken up a university place in Australia after an astonishing turnaround in his fortunes.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

U.N. aid agency defends cuts for refugees in HK

The United Nations refugee body has defended its decision to slash payments to the 180 refugees living in Hong Kong by 80 per cent, saying it had no choice as global emergencies tie up more of the organisation's resources.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Refugees left with HK$300 a month after subsidy cut

The lives of refugees residing in Hong Kong have been thrown into further turmoil after the UN abruptly slashed the monthly allowance they receive to HK$300 - an 80 per cent cut.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Couple recognised for refugee work

As the Australia Day 2012 Honours List is announced in Canberra today, two Hong Kong-based awardees will be on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, helping executives see how it feels to step into the shoes of a refugee.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Refugee status fight will go to top court

Three Africans claiming refugee status won permission to mount a challenge in the top court yesterday.

They will fight a ruling that the government is not bound by an international principle that a person should not be returned to a place where his safety might be in peril.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Thai army detains Rohingya boatpeople

A boatload of Rohingya are in the custody of the Thai army after being apprehended north of Phuket.

Local authorities confirmed that 54 would-be refugees were in the vessel intercepted yesterday near Ra island, close to the fishing port of Kuraburi in Phang Nga province.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers stuck in slow lane

Protection of fundamental rights and adherence to the rule of law are core values. We strive to ensure everyone in society is treated fairly, regardless of status, race or nationality. To do so, robust institutional safeguards have been made - and there are appeal channels for the aggrieved who want to seek redress.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

FilmAid hands Asia's refugees the power to tell their own stories through cinema

Moet and a movie were the order of the day at charity FilmAid Asia's inaugural Hong Kong screening party at Kee Club on Wednesday evening. The chapter joins the FilmAid International family in its efforts to bring hope, entertainment and information to refugees and displaced people around the world through the magic of cinema.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers' appeal dismissed

An appeal for the government to process asylum seekers, which took the Court of Appeal more than 17 months to rule on, ended in a dismissal yesterday.

Asylum seekers currently either seek refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), or they apply to the Immigration Department for classification as genuine torture claimants.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A fair hearing for torture claimants

Nearly 20 years after adopting the United Nations Convention against Torture, Hong Kong still lacks a legal framework for screening asylum seekers who invoke its protection. Meanwhile, an administrative system for assessing their claims has accumulated a backlog of 6,700 appeals; about 170 new cases are added a month. That invites abuse by bogus claimants and is unfair to genuine ones.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Refugees' plight brings home the need for peace

Take the final 'e' away from 'refugee' and a 'refuge' is made. Perhaps it is creating this refuge that is the goal of humanitarian work - to provide care, to reduce risks, to protect people's basic rights.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am